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Welcome New Members!

January 23, 2023

On Sunday, January 22, Rock Spring welcomed four people into membership in our first-ever hybrid reception of new members. Pictured above (clockwise from top left) are Audrey Benson, Laila Leikvold, Judy Moore, and Amy Newman. Audrey, Laila, and Judy were in the Sanctuary, while Amy joined via Zoom from Florida.

Get to know our new members!

Audrey Benson – Audrey has been a policy analyst at the Department of Justice and most recently retired from being an elementary school teacher in the Arlington Public Schools. She loves knitting and reading, and since retiring she has been studying Italian and Arabic. She also likes swimming and being anywhere near the water. She has attended Rock Spring on and off for the past ten years and has been drawn to our commitment to make a direct impact and connection with the wider community.

Laila Leikvold was raised Unitarian and has attended Quaker, Methodist, and Catholic churches during her lifetime. She had been looking for a place to “house” her faith and describes Rock Spring as feeling “so right.” Laila is a retired school teacher from the Arlington Public Schools and loves to garden, read, hike, sew, and watch Netflix!

Judy Moore – Judy and her husband, Curtis, have lived in McLean for the last 35 years. They downsized and moved to Annapolis in 2011 but moved back and settled at Vinson Hall in 2022 after her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury. He is now diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and is physically and cognitively dependent. Judy is slowly adjusting to all of these transitions and is grateful that her grown children live nearby. Professionally, Judy’s career focused on health financing policy. She retired from the federal government and then worked in a health policy center at George Washington University for 14 years, followed by some part time consulting until 3 years ago, when she fully retired. For fun Judy enjoys reading, gardening, and outings with friends. She is drawn to the community focus of Rock Spring. Judy wrote, “I find the Christian commitment of the members I have met and know extraordinary.”

Amy Newman – Amy is married with two grown sons, one grandson and a granddaughter on the way, three stepsons and one stepdaughter. She worked for the Environmental Protection Agency for her entire career and retired in 2014. She stays active with pickleball, hiking, biking, volunteer work and now babysitting some for her grandson. Amy loves to sing and is joining Rock Spring to explore her spiritual self as well as join with others in service to help those in need.